Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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Location: Piedmont, Oklahoma, United States

I live in Piedmont, OK, with my Husband of 50 years who has been very supportive. We have 2 sons,David and Kenny, 6 grandkids, and 6 great grandkids. I enjoy feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. Before I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I ran a Licensed Day Care Home for Infants for 15 years. I noticed I wasn't able to remember important things and having problems with my speech. I was experiencing severe headaches. I would get lost. I didn't know how to use the computer. At the age of 55, I told my doctor. I was sent for an MRI. which showed a large amount of shrinkage. I went to a neurologist who sent me for two days of testing. I was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. My husband and I were both in shock. I had to give up my job. I went to see a social worker. I've taken Aricept for 11 years. I can now use the computer and even do this web page. I also host a chat room for dementia patients. This is a very lonely disease. I don't want anyone to feel as lonely as I did when I was diagnosed (I thought I was the only one over 50 that had Alzheimer's). In 2006 I started taking Namenda. Also I was told I have a mixed dementia, Alzheimer's/Vascular.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Happy Birthday Lori!!! Lori is our daughter in Norman, Oklahoma… Happy Anniversary Phil and Diane!!! Diane is a friend in Australia… I got up early again this morning. That makes three days in a row but tomorrow I am sleeping in… David and Lori flew to Tennessee today to visit Dave’s brother then they will rent a car and drive to Georgia and meet up with a bunch of cousins… We took Cindy and Karmelita into the Vet’s to get checked for heartworms and it was negative. Thank God for that. Cindy weighed ten pounds and Karmelita weighed 3 ½ pounds… Then we went to Pets and People to meet Shiloh’s foster mother and to get the paperwork taken care of to adopt her. We brought her home with us and the dogs all seem to get along fine. Shiloh is a very sweet dog and she weighs five pounds… Here is a link to see Shiloh: . It was so good to catch up with her… I did laundry and fixed supper… I have given Shiloh plenty of lap time…http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=6542390 We will give her lots of tender loving care which she needs right now… I had a phone call from Evelyn in Peru, Indiana... Another one of my DASNI friends has started a blog: http://duchessnotes.blogspot.com/ I hope you will check out Duchess’s blog… Kenny and Kathy came down tonight and visited with us on the back porch… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

1 Comments:

Blogger Keith's Thoughts said...

Mary I only read briefy your blog but I felt your warmth as a person. God bless you.

June 29, 2006 at 7:54 PM  

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